A big welcome to members of the HIO community who are in town this weekend for the annual HIO Summit. Have fun and be safe.
It looks like they’re going to get a good game also as the San Jose Sharks visit the Bell Centre Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The Sharks (8-1-1) suffered their first regulation-time loss of the season Thursday night in Boston, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Bruins.
“It will be a very big challenge for our team,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, who considers the Sharks the best team in the NHL right now.
“It’s a team that will continually put pressure on their opponent. (They) always finish at the net. They’re solid defensively. They have a good goaltender,” Therrien added.
Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi has a sparkling 1.67 goals- against average.
The Canadiens held an optional skate Saturday morning in Brossard. Lars Eller, Brian Gionta, Francis Bouillon, David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec and Travis Moen skipped the skate. After taking therapy days Friday, Ryan White and Andrei Markov both skated. George Parros (concussion) skated while wearing a no-contact jersey and Douglas Murray (upper-body injury) skated while wearing a regular practice jersey.
Saturday’s game will be a homecoming for Sharks defenceman Jason Demers, who grew up in Dorval and will be playing his first game at the Bell Centre.
“It’s going to be exciting to play in front of that crowd,” Demers told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell in a phone interview this week.
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)